With limitations in color, character set and size, the ANSI artscene still found ways to innovate, flourish and reach amazing heights in the last 25 years. Starting with a brief history of pre-ANSI character art, RaD Man of ACiD describes the problems and solutions of working in a text-based medium, lessons which will crop up again and again working with computers and scant resources in relation to art. Topics covered will include development tools, distribution methods, quality control and secret tricks that arose during ACiD's 14-year history.
Christian Wirth, aka RaD Man, is a computer artist and historian that founded ANSI Creators in Demand in 1990, which later became ACiD Productions (www.acid.org), in order to celebrate the ANSI/ASCII art form. After ACiD moved to a dormant state, Wirth began and completed work on a DVD-ROM featuring over a decade and a half of artpacks by ACiD and many others called Dark Domain (2004), available at www.darkdomain.org.